• Review Date: June 25, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 1978
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Musical phenomenon is great fun, but a bit racy.
  • Review Date: June 25, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 1978
  • Running Time: 110 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Male characters view females as sex objects. One T-Bird claims that that "chicks" are "only good for one thing." Unpopular students are the butt of several jokes. Sandy and Danny act against their respective natures to try to impress each other.


While playing sports, Danny hits two students and snaps an umpire's mask. A T-Bird draws his switchblade in preparation for a rumble.


A character is briefly shown in her bra. Characters are seen making out. At the drive-in, Danny makes a pass at Sandy. Sexual activity is implied when two characters discuss a broken condom, resulting in Rizzo's fear she may be pregnant. Naked derrieres are seen when characters moon a passing car and, later, a television camera. The T-Birds discuss female anatomy, and one fellow peeks up the skirts of female students. The Pink Ladies dance around in their nighties mocking Sandy's virginity. The song "Greased Lightnin'" has strong sexual content, though the innuendo may go over the heads of younger viewers.


Fairly mild, mostly of the sexual variety. Characters use an obscene finger gesture.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters smoke, drink, and spike the punch at the school dance.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is full of somewhat racy material, although most of it isn't any more shocking than the content of today's teen flicks and television shows. Still, you might want to give it a quick "refresher" watch before showing it to kids under 13 to make sure you remember exactly what they'll be seeing.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

This movie covers quintessential high school moments: the big pep rally, the school dance, worrying about image, and, of course, falling in love. Though viewers shouldn't expect a highly accurate portrayal of life in the 1950s, the relationships between characters will feel like familiar emotional ground to many viewers. When it comes to an entertaining mix of singing, dancing, and comedy, GREASE -- which won a People's Choice Award -- is hard to beat. Adolescents will especially enjoy seeing John Travolta in his early days (boy, can he dance!).

Is it any good?


Grease was the word when this movie came out in 1978, and the word is still alive and well today, as evidenced by the movie's ever-growing legion of fans. In fact, it is the most profitable movie musical of all time, whose biggest hit, "Summer Nights," remains a standard at weddings, karaoke parties, and dances. Although the story is somewhat weak, the music and contagious energy more than make up for it, as do stellar performances by John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, and Jeff Conaway.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how some things about high school are always the same, even if you're not singing about them in poodle skirts. Why do the Pink Ladies tease Sandy? Why does she feel like she needs to conform? What does Rizzo's song "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" convey about her personality?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 16, 1978
DVD release date:June 3, 2002
Cast:John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Director:Ken Annakin
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Topics:High school, Music and sing-along
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some sexual content

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Written byAnonymous December 12, 2012

I can't believe that all that content was going in but I didn't sing with it. Today's kids don't watch this movie is not for you.

The Song called Grease Lightnin' has Strong Sexual Content in this song in the movie. I can't believed that I watch this when I was Under 13 years old. ...and this movie is bad for kids too oh no!. This should have been Rated R. By the way they have the Sing-a-Long Version being Rated PG-13 and should be Rated NC-17 because of the Sexual Content in the Song Grease Lightnin' and should not be watched by kids and teens at all Minus 18 & 19 Year Olds.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 8 year old Written byMomMcA October 20, 2010

fine for older kids, but not for tweens

While I loved this movie as a teen (I was around 11 when it came out) my parents were SURE to have a talk with me about the choices Sandy was making, and why she was being bullied. (it's pretty clear she must conform to being the sex toy of a boy.... in the late 70s this wasn't a hit with feminists I am guessing). Some 8 year olds in my daughter's circle of friends are in love with this film, and guess what bullying behavior they are mimicking? "Pink Ladies" at 8- going after my kid for not being sexy enough? no kidding. I suggest parents re-watch this classic in private before they have their kids trying to mimic it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bytheflickchick March 29, 2011


the bad stuff: a lot of kissing and making out, some language, the S word on a song, teens smoking and drinking. the good stuff: no positive role models or messages, so i think the only good thing was the movie itself. the movie: OK if you don't like musicals, good if you do
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bymom 4 ever April 9, 2008


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